“Letters Under Rock” Poetry Performance collects from many landscapes and faith traditions: Morocco, Ireland, the Sahara, India, Japan, Cambodia, etc. Animism, angels, Tibetan Buddhism, Hinduism, Desert Mothers, Saints, etc. There are rituals, ghosts, forest spirits, rebirth, mollusk that tells a story, dragon, heron, swan. This story reaches across time and space told in love letters left under a rock of an orphan Wanderer and a Nomad. Written and performed by Cindy Rinne and Bory Thach.
Cindy Rinne is a poet and fiber artist based in San Bernardino, California. She’d like to give some gratitude and shout-outs to a new art publication started during the pandemic called Fish and Zoom, as well as the publication “Agri-Culture” Artillery Magazine, and Elyssar Press who published their book. She also has a solo exhibition called “Magical Realms,” which opens on January 2, 2021 and feature’s Rinne’s fiber art and sculptures at Bunny Gunner Gallery in Claremont, CA. One of her essays is also in the new anthology Feminist Pilgrimage. You can visit her website at www.fiberverse.com.
Bory Thach was born in a refugee camp located on the border between Thailand and Cambodia. His family immigrated to the United States when he was four years old. He served in the U.S. Army and deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He received his MFA from California State University San Bernardino. Fiction and creative nonfiction fall under the art of storytelling, while poetry for him is more of a study of language, an art form in itself. His work has been published in Pacific Review, Urban Ivy, Arteidolia, and Sand Canyon Review, as well as Letters Under Rock.
Note: Together, Cindy Rinne and Thach are also both published in We Are Here: Village Poets Anthology by Moonrise Press, edited by Maja Trochimczyk and Marlene Hitt. “Halo” (poem above) was first published by Cloud Women’s Quarterly.
Michael Thomas Cooper –
It’s basically spirit through the medium of body in action.
Martha Aponte –
Cindy and Bory transformed the Lancaster Museum of Art and History – MOAH into a sacred space by being in perfect harmony with each other. There was something intangible that emanated from their words and choreography that transported the viewers beyond time and space. They produced a unique moment of grace when all the distractions of the world disappeared. Thank you, Cindy and Bory for sharing your sacred choreography with the audience.
Nicelle David –
Letters Under Rock is part poetry, dance, and wearable art – beyond that it is a rare glimpse of artistic intimacy. Cindy Rinne and Bory Thach move with a sense of purpose and sincerity that leave the audience awed by the power of beauty, love, and friendship.